Christ Church welcomes Madame Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia

We were honoured to receive Madame Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, at Christ Church on Thursday 17th May.

Madame Geingos was in Oxford to give a keynote address at the Oxford Africa Conference on May 18th at the Blavatnik School of Government. She was invited to visit Christ Church and dine at High Table by Christ Church DPhil Candidate in Engineering Science, Andreas Elombo, also from Namibia, as a means of welcoming her to Oxford. Andreas said, ‘I feel very honoured to host the First Lady of my country, as well as my country’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom’. Andreas was joined by his fellow Namibian, Ndjodi Ndeunyema, a DPhil Candidate in Law at Linacre College, in welcoming the Namibian delegation. 

After being received by members of Christ Church, including Professor Malcolm McCulloch, and other University of Oxford students in Tom Quad, Professor McCulloch gave Madame Geingos, alongside Namibia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Steve Katjiuanjo, a brief insight into the history of Christ Church, and invited her to see the Hall staircase, made famous by its appearance in the Harry Potter films. Madame Geingos was then taken to the SCR with the rest of the party, where she was later joined by the Dean and other members of the SCR. We were very pleased to be able to host Madame Geingos at Christ Church as part of her visit to Oxford, and thank Andreas and the First Lady’s staff for all of their help in arranging the event.

The Oxford Africa Conference is the leading interdisciplinary conference on Africa delivered by a team of Oxford students, under the auspices of the Oxford University Africa Society. The Conference brings together heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, academics, artists, students, and professionals to critically expand the discourse on Africa. In its eighth year running, the conference provides a vibrant platform for new thinking about a global Africa across all disciplines – politics, society, business, technology and academia – connecting inter-generational leaders from around the world to shape an integrated and innovative perspective on Africa’s future. This year’s conference was convened under the theme ‘Enough Rhetoric! Catalyzing an Era of Concrete Action’.

Alongside Madame Monica Geingos, other prominent personalities, who spoke as part of discussion panels at the conference, include Ms Ally Angula and Mr Luis Munana.